Michelin dining

Get the best culinary experiences you can have in Rioja with our tips on the finest dining and most write-home-about restaurants.

Best places to eat in Rioja: Michelin-starred dining in Rioja

If all that wine-tasting has whetted your appetite and you’re looking for good food, then you’re in the right place! The wine region of Rioja in Spain has a high concentration of restaurants serving up Michelin-star food, in delightful surroundings to boot. So when planning your wine tour trip to La Rioja region, be sure to add these foodie places to your ‘must do’ list…

 

El Portal de Echaurren restaurant

Where: Ezcaray
Official rating: 2 Michelin stars

Crisp white tablecloths, a serene atmosphere, and divine food – what more could you wish from a Michelin-star restaurant? Located in the Echaurren hotel, the kitchen is headed up by award-winning chef Francis Paniego who lets his creativity rein free in the tasting menu. El Portal de Echaurren prides itself as the first restaurant in the history of La Rioja to get a Michelin star. In 2013, Paniego achieved the second Michelin star for this restaurant.

Marqués de Riscal restaurant

Where: Elciego
Official rating: 1 Michelin star

Set in the jaw-dropping luxury hotel of the same name, the Marqués de Riscal restaurant in Rioja serves up thoroughly modern food – local dishes with a twist, plus of course a divine accompanying wine list. Chef Francis Paniego from nearby Michelin-starred restaurant Echaurren (see below) consults on the menu.

Kiro Sushi restaurant

Where: Logroño
Official rating: 1 Michelin star

Fancy something a bit different? Head to Rioja’s capital Logroño and Felix Jiménez’s Kiro Sushi restaurant. Another Michelin-star winner, Kiro translates as “homeward journey” and reflects the journey made by Félix Jiménez to Japan, where he trained and developed his culinary panache. Often named the best sushi bar in Spain, bookings for Kiro are essential, especially as it seats an intimate 10.

Venta Moncalvillo restaurant

Where: Daroca de Rioja
Official rating: 1 Michelin star

Carlos and Ignacio Echapresto bring local, traditional cuisine alive at the intimate Venta Moncalvillo restaurant in Rioja. Choose between four warmly atmospheric dining rooms decorated with soft colours such as red tile, wood, ochre, grey and white designed to enhance your taste and smell of Ignacio Echapresto’s cuisine. Meanwhile award-winning sommelier Carlos Echapresto will tell you everything you need to know about Venta Moncalvillo’s well-selected wine cellar.